Classroom moves

Last updated 11:09 14/03/2011

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One of Whitney St School's prefabricated classrooms will be permanently relocated to one of many Christchurch schools damaged in last month's horrific earthquake.

A ministry of education spokesman said the ministry was contacting schools around the South Island with spare prefab classrooms which could be trucked to the city's primary schools.

They would be distributed to schools that needed them most, he said.

Whitney St School principal Alan Straker said that he did not want to lose the classroom, but "at the end of the day it's out of our hands – it's the ministry's property".

"Even though it seems like quite a big job [to take the classroom to Christchurch], it'll be more efficient and cost effective," he said.

The ministry told him that if the school's roll increases, they would get a new building, he said.

The classroom, which is used for performing arts, would need to be disconnected from the end of the class block and part of the school fence on Eltham Rd may need to be taken down to get the building on the truck, he said.

It would be moved later this week.

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- The Marlborough Express

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